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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/30/17 edition

December 30, 2017

Can we all agree, it must  be frustrating, trying to send a consistent message when Mr. Trump is accessible to anyone dining at his resort or the boss invites a reporter over for an impromptu interview? They would probably rather he stick to golf.

Can we all agree the White House seems to know 2018 will be a disaster for Trump and the GOP?

Three months after Hurricane Maria, half of Puerto Rico is still without power, but no one seems to care. (NYT photo)

Three months after Hurricane Maria, half of Puerto Rico is still without power, but few seem to care. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, it won’t be long before Mr. Trump tries to take credit for the drop in the New York City crime rate or the decrease in Chicago homicides in 2017?

Can we all agree, no one, Republican or Democrat, wanted to see Roy Moore’s court challenge to  Alabama election results, succeed?

Can we all agree, Apple owes the owners of older iPhones, more than an apology, for slowing down their devices – even it was to protect the battery?

Can we all agree, maybe the post office should charge more to Amazon for package delivery, but it’s not like Amazon has to stick with the Postal Service?

Can we all agree, Dr. Phil has betrayed the trust of his viewers by promoting drug rehab centers just because they advertise on his show?

Can we all agree, despite what police say, ‘swatting’ may have been the cause of a tragic Kansas shooting, but the police pulled the trigger?

Can we all agree, there is no doubt the Administration has guaranteed another oil well disaster by rejecting rules enacted after the Deepwater Horizon explosion?

Can we all agree, any other president would be in serious trouble if a state was without power 3 months after a hurricane?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t seem to bother anyone in California, that Mr. Trump is the first President in 50 years, not to visit us during his first calendar year in office. Even local GOP leaders do not want him to visit.

Can we all agree, even for Donald Trump, dismissing an advisory panel via a form letter, is just disrespectful?

Can we all agree, it’s sad that we have become so acclimated to Mr. Trump’s insults that we ignore his less-than-subtle digs at climate change while enraging  one-third of the country suffering with below normal temperatures?

Can we all agree, Facebook will continue to have problems until they develop a cohesive policy for dealing with unwanted users?

Can we all agree, the courts have, once again, been forced to step in to enforce legitimate public policy decisions made by previous administrations?

Can we all agree, with each new hack, reality gets more like the movies?

Can we all agree, attacking the credibility of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could be problematic since Mr. Trump has spent the last  year praising him?

Can we all agree, The Internal Revenue Service has given the GOP another headache with their ruling on pre-paying 2018 state taxes before the end of 2017?

Can we all agree, it looks like the winner in the Virginia state election will be determined by the courts – which is only marginally better than drawing names from a hat?

Can we all agree, the expansion of Homeland Security’s role in fighting terrorism abroad will have some ominous and unintended implications?

Can we all agree, Sen. Orrin Hatch never read the scathing editorial accompanying his award at Utahn of the Year – and now he looks foolish? Maybe Mitt Romney should run for his seat.

Can we all agree, it’s no surprise the Department of Justice has been lax in its handling of sexual harassment complaints?

Can we all agree, the Russians will continue to test the West, until there is unified opposition – an unlikely prospect with Mr. Trump in the White House?

Can we all agree, it’s surprising Mr. Putin even cares about disrupting the opposition candidates, since he is almost guaranteed of winning next year’s election?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin deserved every pound of manure delivered to his front door?

Can we all agree, Democrats should be encouraged by the number of candidates filing to run for office at every level? At least some in the GOP seem to realize they have a problem.

Can we all agree, the rest of the world has moved on from Donald Trump by simply ignoring him? I just wish we could do the same.

Can we all agree, it was only a matter of time before the Bitcoin craze became a partisan issue?

Can we all agree, President Obama’s interview with Prince Harry, once again, makes many of us nostalgic for days gone by?

and finally:

Take a few minutes to watch some of the best moments from the last 12 months of Saturday Night Live.

or

Since California is often the leader in passing laws that other states follow, take a look at some of the new regulations going into effect in the Golden State on Monday – yes, it’s more than just legalized marijuana.

and

RIP Sue Grafton – along with Lynnfield’s own Robert Parker, she helped me wile away too many hours in airport lounges when I traveled for The AP.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/23/17 edition

December 23, 2017

Can we all agree, the tax reform bill signed this week by Mr. Trump will be a tough sell to the American public since so many politicians, who voted for it, stand to gain personally – and that doesn’t even include the President himself?

Can we all agree, the alleged moderate senators who caved in to GOP pressure got very little for their votes?

Can we all agree, the Catholic church might have been better served if Cardinal Bernard Law had been interred quietly without the Pope in attendance – given the outrage he continues to engender in Boston?

Comparing Presidential coins. Which would you want? (Washington Post photo)

Comparing Presidential coins. Which would you want as a keepsake? (Washington Post photo)

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s nomination of unqualified  candidates for  Federal judgeships has already undermined the integrity of the courts?

Can we all agree, the latest court ruling against the administration’s travel ban, will have little impact as long as the ban continues while the case moves through the court system?

Can we all agree, there has to be a better way to settle the Virginia state house election than just pulling a name out of a hat?

Can we all agree, the GOP is facing a daunting task in the 2018 elections and their internal war is not going to help?

Can we all agree, based on this list of contenders, Democrats will back just about anyone for 2020?

Can we all agree, the Thomas fire in Southern California has reached an unwelcome milestone as the largest fire in the state’s history – although most of the evacuations have been cancelled?

Can we all agree, The President and the Republicans, can’t seem to grasp the message Americans are sending by enrolling for the ACA in record numbers?

Can we all agree, Al Franken may be leaving the Senate in early January, but it’s doubtful his voice will be silenced?

Can we all agree, Democrats deserve the criticism they will get for adjourning while continuing to allow the ‘Dreamer’ status to remain unresolved?

Can we all agree, Congress deserves no praise for passing a spending bill that, in reality, accomplishes the only thing they are supposed to do – keep the government running?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump may have dodged one lawsuit over the emoluments clause, but there are more on the way?

Can we all agree, separating parents from children of immigrants crossing US borders illegally, is just cruel and should not be tolerated?

Can we all agree, until the North Koreans find a way to circumvent them, the latest round of UN sanctions sounds like the world is finally getting serious about stopping that country’s nuclear program?

Can we all agree, Catalonians may never get a separate country, but they are making the Spanish government very nervous?

Can we all agree, steel industry workers are finding out the hard way, that Mr. Trump cannot fulfill his campaign promises?

Can we all agree, it’s clear the Dutch were not ready for an American politician as US ambassador – they expected he would at least tell the truth?

Can we all agree, the latest Presidential coin is not a souvenir: it’s a campaign prop?

Can we all agree, the founder of Papa Johns Pizza has discovered what happens when free speech meets free enterprise?

Can we all agree, every sports fan has a favorite memory of broadcast legend Dick Enberg?

Can we all agree, the United Nations sent a pretty clear message to the US when they ignored the President’s threats,  and blasted his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?

Can we all agree, now that the opioid crises is being blamed for a decrease in life expectancy, the drug companies need to be held accountable?

Can we all agree, the administration has discovered that words matter?

Can we all agree, it sure looks like the Democrats are making plans for an impeachment after the 2018 election?2fd4debe44acc8635f804d4c05f9a1e0-3870-3311-70-8-31e0532b50fc40f0bb0280fc8840c610_p

Can we all agree, just when you thought Vice President Mike Pence could not embarrass himself any more, he gives new meaning to the word sycophant?

Can we all agree, the Polish government has taken a dangerous turn to the right in reforming their judiciary?

Can we all agree, any other Republican President who was losing Fox News viewers would be considering resignation?

Can we all agree, few people believe Mr. Trump, when he says he will not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller  especially since his legal team continues to criticize Mueller’s office?

Can we all agree, travel over the holiday is getting a bit dicey with power problems in the Atlanta airport and  food service workers on strike in the Chicago airport?

Can we all agree the California cell phone advisory probably won’t change the way people use their cell phones?

and finally:

A five-year-old catches up to the Grinch.

and

The World Chess Championship logo could change the sport’s image forever.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/16/17 edition

December 16, 2017

Can we all agree, the Republicans will probably get their victory by passing a tax bill, but it’s doubtful the measure will get any more popular once the average taxpayer finds out what’s in it?

Can we all agree, the elimination of net neutrality will mean two things: lawsuits, and eventually, higher internet access fees for all of us?

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets.

With the discovery of an eighth planet, the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets.

Can we all agree, Doug Jones’s win in Alabama is a great victory for Democrats, but his chances of winning re-election in 2020 are slim

Can we all agree, prohibiting a public health agency (CDC) from using words such as ‘transgender’ or ‘diversity’ should not be tolerated in a Democratic society?

Can we all agree, the biggest winner when Senator Jones takes office, might be Maine Senator Susan Collins, especially if she decides to become an independent?

Can we all agree, every time we think Mr. Trump  can’t descend to a new level of depravity, he horrifies us – like this week’s comments about NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?

Can we all agree, the president’s claims that the FBI reputation is in tatters is simply wrong?

Can we all agree, the rest of the country may not understand the impact of the San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, but the city’s transformation under his watch has been dramatic?

Can we all agree, every time Mr. Trump attacks the credibility of the women accusing him of sexual harassment, he strengthens their case?

Can we all agree, the White House has set records for the number of judicial appointments confirmed by the Senate, but the quality of the nominees leaves serious questions about their ability to do the job?

Can we all agree, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to resign – sooner rather than later?

Can we all agree, the administration’s attempts to build a coalition against Iran bears an eery resemblance to Colin Powell’s demonstration of Saddam Hussein’s missiles?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, is preparing for the worst?

Can we all agree, the GOP campaign to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will have little impact, once more indictments are issued?

Can we all agree, the world is moving ahead to combat climate change while the US prefers to suffer the consequences in silence?

Can we all agree, the administration’s vetting of candidates for top level jobs, continues to result in embarrassing nominees?

Can we all agree, Disney’s purchase of Fox Studios could make for some interesting combinations – such as Bart Simpson in the next Toy Story movie?

Can we all agree, Republicans seem oblivious to the plight of children losing health care, despite bipartisan agreement that the program should be funded?

Can we all agree, we need scorecards, to keep track of the regulations and presidential edicts, which have been blocked by the courts?

Can we all agree, last weekend’s Saturday Night Live opening skit was among their best?

Can we all agree, It’s been an interesting week in science from Jurassic Park-like discoveries, to strange visitors from beyond our solar systems to a planetary system similar to ours?

Can we all agree, this is probably the only administration, that could make the departure of a low-level executive, into a reality TV show?

Can we all agree, The USA Today editorial on Donald Trump should be required reading for everyone?

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/9/17 edition

December 9, 2017

Can we all agree, Sen. Al Franken has discovered that the court of public opinion does not believe in innocent until proven guilty?

Can we all agree, the incredible actions of Rep. Trent Franks and Judge Alex Kozinski, give new meaning to the phrase ‘you can’t make this up.’

Can we all agree, this still does not make it easier to understand how a child molester might win a senate seat in Alabama and a sexual predator was elected President?

Can we all agree, it’s one thing to support a child molester running for the senate, but quite another to actively campaign for him?

Fire burn outside Los Angeles.

Fires burn outside Los Angeles.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump does not worry about Palestinian protests as long as he can keep his campaign contributors happy?

Can we all agree, Dina Powell’s departure from he White House post may not be controversial, but it certainly seems odd that it came just a day after her major policy initiative was announced?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s visit tonight to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is an insult to every black American?

Can we all agree, the impressive jobs numbers have nothing to do with anything The President has done in the last year?

Can we all agree, just weeks after declining to provide more fire aid to Northern California, Mr. Trump seems content to sit and watch as Southern California burnsClick here for a look at the LA Fire from the air.

Can we all agree, the administration seems indifferent to new projections of the actual number of deaths in Puerto Rico?

Can we all agree, if Mr. Trump had not monopolized every news cycle, Americans might know the Brexit negotiations took a major step this week or that a German political crises has been averted or that 15 UN peacekeepers were killed in the Congo?

Can we all agree, Maine Senator Susan Collins, gave away her vote on the GOP tax bill and probably will get nothing in return?

Can we all agree, it seems rather pointless to approve a two week extension of government spending when we will just repeat the same exercise in brinksmanship, just before Christmas?

Can we all agree, the Aussies deserve credit for approving same-sex marriage the way it should be done, by an act of the legislature?

Can we all agree, The House-Senate conference committee is making a bad tax bill worse by acceding to the demands of Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, comparing intra-state drivers licenses to intra-state gun permits is the ultimate apples to oranges challenge?

Can we all agree, downsizing two Utah monuments sacrifices the benefits of many Americans to the needs of a few, for no good reason?

Can we all agree, any rational resident of the planet would pay attention to the latest climate change warning: unfortunate that excludes EPA director Scott Pruitt?

Can we all agree, the Republicans can attack Special Counsel Robert Mueller all they want, the voters understand politics?

Can we all agree, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is pretty much a direct slap in the face to President Trump?

Can we all agree, John Oliver’s interview with Dustin Hoffman is a milestone?

Can we all agree, there’s at least one conspiracy theory progressive Democrats can get behind?

Can we all agree, despite Mr. Trump’s lies, his real estate business stands to win big under the new tax plan?

Can we all agree, the Russians deserved to be barred from the Winter Olympics period, with no special exceptions?

Can we all agree, the President’s lawyers are trying to tell us that he is above the law – but no one needs a legal expert to tell them that’s laughable?

Can we all agree, former campaign manager Paul Manafort deserves to have his bail revoked just for being stupid?

Can we all agree, the Supreme Court’s  approval of the administration’s travel ban may be temporary?

Can we all agree, the constant drip of story, after story after story about links between the Trump administration and the Russians ,will eventually bury the White House?

Can we all agree, it seems pretty obvious that with the appointment of his top aide to his former job, Chief of Staff John Kelley will continue to run the Department of Homeland Security?

and finally, two good reads:

One from WWII in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, and the other, a story unique to our times when a fake restaurant can become a destination.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/2/17 edition

December 2, 2017

Can we all agree, after a year of trying to stop the investigation into Russian influence in our election, we now know why the President was so worried?

Can we all agree, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has now reached the White House’s inner circle?

Some Sounds of Silence for your enjoyment

Can we all agree, if the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is indicted, can there be any doubt that The President knew what was going on?

Can we all agree, Michael Flynn’s guilty plea to a single charge, suggests he has a lot to offer Mr. Mueller?

Can we all agree, the Senate tax bill that passed last night, may be a hollow victory and the public really does not care?

Can we all agree, there will be winners and losers, but the long term implications are unknown, even to the GOP?

Can we all agree, passing major legislation which includes handwritten notes in the margin is no way to run a government? We’ve been arguing over commas in the Constitution for over 200 years.

The actual tax bill passed in the Senate. (NYT photo)

The actual tax bill passed in the Senate. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, the public will be more concerned when the government shuts down, as the President apparently wants?

Can we all agree, Kate Steinle’s family may be paying the price for Donald Trump’s decision to make her death at the hands of an illegal immigrant, a campaign issue?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit incredulous that the Charlottesville police did not expect any violence at a white supremicist rally in their city?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear blue states, like California, are not going to get much help from the White House when disasters strike?

Can we all agree, taxpayers should not be footing the bill for sexual harassment settlements by members of Congress?

Can we all agree, if the GOP thinks tax cuts for the wealthy, combined with cuts to entitlement programs such are Medicare and Social Security, will win them an election, they are delusional?

Can we all agree, if Sen. Al Franken is forced to resign  the President should too?

Can we all agree, we all wish we had four houses to put up for bail so that we would not have to be confined while awaiting trial?

Can we all agree, with their missile launch this week, North Korea has called Mr. Trump’s bluff?

Can we all agree, any woman can tell you the list of sexual harassers will get longer before the activity ends? Matt Lauer and Russell Simmonds are this weeks’ high profile additions. The jury is still out on Garrison Keillor.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump does not even understand why the world is troubled when he retweets a false and misleading video from a fringe anti-Muslim group. If I were in England I wouldn’t want him to visit either.

Can we all agree, the answer to the opioid crises is not more DEA agents?

Can we all agree, the White House can deny it all they want but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is effectively a dead man walking?

Can we all agree, between his lies and altered reality the President has a very tenuous grasp of the job he is supposed to be doing?

Can we all agree, no one is surprised a Trump appointee ruled in the President’s favor giving him control over the consumer finance board?

Can we all agree, the Russian teams should be banned from the Winter Olympics in February?

Can we all agree, Project Veritas has no place in US politics, even if the Koch brothers are backers?

Can we all agree, The President is so obsessed with Elizabeth Warren, he doesn’t mind insulting military veterans?

Jim Nabors, left, and Frank Sutton, on the TV series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” (AP photo)

Jim Nabors, left, and Frank Sutton, on the TV series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” (AP photo)

Can we all agree, we need the British Royal Family and a wedding, to take our minds off our own government?

Can we all agree, Ivanka Trump seems clueless about the incongruous image of her promoting women’s rights while in India where her goods are made in sweat shops?

and finally:

RIP Jim Nabors

 

 

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